Robo

This snack is a by-product from making melon seed oil (Ororo Egusi). Once the oil is extracted from the seeds, the residual crushed/ ground seeds (high in protein) are seasoned and formed into balls/ cakes which are then deep-fried – your robo snack. They are similar to a groundnut cake made in the north of Nigeria called Kuli Kuli. A version exists, combined with beans and that is known as igbalo – not tried that one yet. They taste extremely nutty. At first crack bite, I get toasted peanut flavour, then the heat follows. The finish? Definitely Egusi.